Though much of the match was shrouded in the smoke from the ultras, it was clear who was going to win the first top-flight derby between Düsseldorf and Cologne in more than two decades. The sold-out crowd at the Merkur Spiel-Arena saw Düsseldorf cruise to a 2-0 victory over their Rhein River rivals.
Cologne’s chances were few and far between in the match. The least deadly offense in the league could not make it count against one of the most suspect defenses. Düsseldorf took their time finding chances too, but got the clearest of all opportunities in the 38th minute. Czichos took down Morales in the box, leading to a Hennings penalty kick. Hennings made up for hitting the upright on a header earlier in the half by putting his penalty just past Horn’s outstretched hands for the first goal.
Thommy added the second Düsseldorf goal just after the hour mark. Ayhan launched the ball from his own penalty area to a streaking Thommy, who was left all alone against Horn. After regaining his composure, Thommy hit his shot past Horn to double the lead over the visiting side.
A lot of anger and bragging rights along the Rhine River went into the match. While there were only four yellow cards in the match, there certainly could have been more. Not only were there fireworks on the pitch, but there were real ones in the stands. It seemed that almost every few minutes the PA announcer had to read the warning to all of the fans that pyrotechnics were not allowed, until he gave up and just put the warning on the screen every now and then.
- This was the first time these two teams faced off in the top division since February 1997. The previous matchup between these two clubs was in December 2013 in the second division.
- Düsseldorf coach Friedhelm Funkel previously served as the coach at 1. FC Köln from February 2002 to October 2003.
- 1. FC Köln is the only team in the Bundesliga with less than ten goals scored during the season.
1. FC Köln:
Horn, Katterbach (Höger, 7‘), Czichos, Bornauw, Ehizibue, Hector (C), Skhiri, Drexler (Cordoba, 63‘), Schaub, Schindler (Modeste, 78‘), Terodde
Unused subs: Kessler, Schmitz, Risse, Verstraete, Koziello, Mere
Head Coach: Achim Beierlorzer
Steffen, Giesselmann, Adams, Ayhan, Zimmermann, Thommy, Bodzek, Fink (Hoffmann, 67‘), Morales (Sobottka, 81‘), Zimmer (Kownacki, 78‘), Hennings
Unused subs: Kastenmeier, Contento, Ampomah, Bormuth, Baker, Tekpetey
Head Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
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